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Festive fairs and Christmas markets 2021

Tick off your Christmas list locally this year with a glass of mulled wine in hand with Muddy’s pick of the festive markets and fairs in Devon.

Drop in for a mulled wine at Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market… Credit Tim Pestridge

Exeter Cathedral Christmas Market, Cathedral Green, Exeter

When: Thurs 18 Nov – Sat 18 December. Thursday’s opening night kicks off at 5pm with Christmas carols 6.30-7pm. Mon – Weds 10am – 7pm; Thurs – Sat 10am – 9pm; Sundays: 11am – 5pm.

What to expect: Ever since the cathedral took over the running of the market on their green a few years back, the quality has gone up shed-loads. Treat yourself to a handmade necklace or grab a bag of fudge for the perfect stocking filler. A quality, totally tat-free zone. FREE.

For littlies, Exmouth Miniature Railway‘s Elf Express will be operating on Friday evenings from 5pm, and weekends. No need to pre-book, just pay on the day.

Festive Late Night Shopping, Royal William Yard, Plymouth

When: Weds 1, 8, 15 Dec, 5pm-9pm

What to expect: Three Festive Late Night Markets set to take place in the historic Melville Building at the Yard during December, with seasonal foodie treats, handmade arts and crafts from leading local traders and creatives – perfect for a unique gift made locally. FREE.

Plymouth Christmas Market, Armada Way, Plymouth

When: Thurs 2 – Sun 19 Dec

What to expect: A city centre shopping destination, located in the Piazza, with an open air festive bar, food and drink and artisan gift stalls. They’ve pushed the envelope this year with loads of festive entertainment, including Illuminated Roller Skating (2 Dec), Sofa Driving Santa who will cruise around town on his sofa accompanied by his naughty elf (4 Dec), The Curiosity Christmas Tree, a cross between a giant marble run and a magical clockwork toy (11 Dec). And plenty more – check ’em all out here. Sounds a hoot. FREE

Christmas Time at The Beach, Westward Ho!

When: 4/5, 11/12, 18/19 Dec

What to expect: The Pig on the Beach’s Beer Garden is getting some Christmas sparkle with three weekends of Christmas joy including gift stalls, music, a German sausages stall, and beer.

Christmas Farmers Market, The Big Sheep, Bideford

When: 4, 11, 18 Dec

What to expect: The South West’s biggest indoor market is popping up at The Big Sheep where you can stock up free range turkeys, organic meats, sprouts on stalks, cheeses, cakes, fresh fish and pick your tree. Christmas sorted! On Saturday, stay in the evening for fireworks live music and drinks.

Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas, Kingsbridge

When: Sat 4 Dec, 10am – 5pm

What to expect: Head to Fore Street for stalls, and shops in festive mood with live music around the town, a visit from Santa and activities for young ‘uns in the Town Square, Market Hall and Churches. FREE.

Newton Abbot Christmas Fayre, Newton Abbot Racecourse

When: Sat 4 Dec, 10am – 4pm

What to expect: Over 120 stalls offerin homemade crafts, jewellery, wood-turned items, textiles and Christmas cards. Music from the Red Rock Choir, yummy food and drink stalls and Humaryn Shetland Ponies are there with their Reinponies so kids can have a trot around ride around the Parade Ring for a small fee. Adults £3, kids free.

Connaught@Christmas Illuminated Walk, Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth

When: Tues 7 – Sun 12 Dec, 4.30pm – 9.30pm (last entry 8.30pm)

What to expect: Something new for Sidmouth – walk the Illuminated Trail through the gardens high on the town’s clifftops within Connaught Gardens, visit Santa in his grotto, enjoy yuletide music and carols performed on the bandstand in the heart of the gardens and warming mulled wine and hot chocolate. Then head to the Christmas Food & Craft Village for 35 stalls selling gifts and treats. Tickets online, Adults £8, kids £5, under 2s free (the Christmas Food and Craft Village is free)

Christmas Late Night Shopping, Totnes

When: Tues 7, 14 and 21 Dec

What to expect: Totnes town council initially announced the popular late night Xmas shopping in Totnes was cancelled but hurray! – it’s back on. Although there won’t be a full road closed market this year, shops are open late, there’s a market in the Civic Square, plus music at The Barrel House, Xmas movies at Totnes Cinema, and street food sellers.

Late Night Shopping @ Dartington Cider Press, Dartington

When: Tues 7, 14, 21 Dec

What to expect: The usual shops have some Christmas visitors in the shape Heartfelt Fairies, Mary Clay Raku, Venus Hemp, So Hand Made, James Dean Blacksmith, Peck & Chisel Tools, My Perfect Cakes, Chloes Cakes, Moonhoney Mead, Moska Skincare, The Woodland Trust, Beyond the Shore Jewellery, Crock & Cole, Nut Nut Wood Design, Lucky Bird, Boatnical Dye Ko and Laser & Grain. Plus, music and tipples from The Rum Bus.

Broomhill Artisan Market, Broomhill, Muddiford

When: Sat 11 Dec

What to expect: A fabulously festive market with local traders, a bar, Christmas crafts, live music and Santa in his grotto. The ticket also includes access to the sculpture park where there will be a festive trail for the children to explore and win prizes. £10

Salcombe Christmas Fair, Cliff House, Salcombe

When: Sat 11 Dec

What to expect: Salcombe Candle’s annual festive shindig will be filled with local artisan companies selling clothing, jewellery, art, alcohol, candles and more, plus The Old Gaffers will be singing outside on the marquee covered terrace on the Saturday where you can sit back and enjoy a drink from the bar.

Tavistock Christmas Festival, Pannier Market & Butcher’s Hall, Tavistock

When: Sun 12 December, 10am – 4pm

What to expect: Shop your heart out this curated Miss Ivy event, jam-packed with perfect gift ideas for everyone on your list with 60 artisan traders selling a wide range of festive prezzies; from food to drink to unique trinkets. Includes a gnome trail for the little ones, choir, elves, festive bouncy castles and yummy food. FREE.

MAKE – Contemporary Crafts for Christmas at Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey

When: until mid January

What to expect: The Guild’s Jubilee Gallery will be stuffed with gift-themed crafts from 40 makers from around the UK (extra to the work of their members). Plus, their shop and gallery is open as usual Weds through to Saturday.

JUST MISSED

Winter Food and Craft Fair, Buckland Abbey, Yelverton

When: Fri 5 Nov

What to expect: A slightly smaller than usual but doubtless charming food fair with 25 stalls full of local goodies – fittingly for such an ancient building it has no phone signal so don’t forget to take ye olde cash. Free admission for National Trust Members. Non-members £3 per person.

Christmas Market at Affinity Centre, Bideford

When: Sat 13 and Sun 14 Nov

What to expect: A two-day affair from Miss Ivy Events, with over 40 Christmas themed stalls, jam-packed with festive treats, live music from a local choir and 40s singer Terrie McNulty (on Sunday), plus mulled wine and a Gnome Trail and elves to keep the kids happy.

Darts Farm Christmas Food Festival, Darts Farm, Topsham

When: Sat 13 – Sun 14 Nov

What to expect: If you like to try before you buy, here’s a tasty chance with festive tastings a-plenty from Dart’s curated range of local producers, including cheese, chocolate, coffee and more – plus mini masterclasses with their in-house experts. FREE.

Ivybridge Christmas Market, Fore Street, Glanvilles Mill and Watermark Car park, Ivybridge

When: Fri 26 Nov, 3pm – 8pm

What to expect: A collab between Miss Ivy (she’s the Christmas Queen) and Ivybridge Town Council, expect fairground rides, juggling elves, snow globe and festive bouncy castles, stilt walkers, local choir and over 40 Christmas themed stalls, jam-packed with festive treats. And all for FREE.

Crux Craft Fair, South Brent, Rattery Village Hall

When: Fri 26 – Sun 28 Nov

What to expect: Jewellery, basketry, woodwork, the local talent at this craft fair is through the village hall roof. You won’t go away empty-handed.

Christmas Fayre, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter

When: Fri 26 – Sun 28 Nov

What to expect: Three days of festive shopping under one roof – festive fun for shopaholics with hundreds of stalls covering everything  from fashion to jewellery, fancy food, toys, hobbies – it’s all here – and so is Santa if shortages mean that you’re having to order things by sleigh. Adults £4, Over 65’s £3, 16 and under free.

Christmas on the Barbican, Plymouth, Sat 27 Nov

When: Saturday 27 Nov, 4, 11, 18 Dec

What to expect: Swerve the big corps and spend your hard-earned dosh with the talented local traders of The Barbican, including gifts, food and drinks, always well worth a jaunt for a spot of festive shopping.

Winter Fest, Torre Abbey, Torquay

When: Sat 27 – Sun 28 Nov

What to expect: Hosted in the stunning setting of the Spanish Barn, here’s your chance to buy a range of unique handmade Christmas gifts, as well as perhaps indulging in a glass of mulled wine. Includes free entry to the main house to see the Christmas Around the World Exhibition and the free Festival Garden Trail for the littlies.

Bideford Food Fest, Pannier Market, Bideford

When: Sun 28 Nov

What to expect: Stock up your pantry and make sure your Christmas dinner is really local this year with the best local food and drink traders. Plus, North Devon Hog Roast will be serving it’s special festive menu, to warm you up, outside the pannier market opposite Belluno’s Italian.

Christmas Shopping Evening, Topsham

When : Tues 30 Nov, from 5pm

What to expect: Topsham’s shops are open late with sparkly windows dressed and the town’s Christmas lights switched on (Friday 26 Nov) plus you can expect festive street musicians, drinks and St Margaret’s Church evening market a special destination. Bring present lists and empty stomachs for an indulgent evening.

Christmas Party Sale, China Blue, Station Road, Totnes

When: Thurs 2 Dec, 5pm – 8pm

What to expect: The pottery people are kickstarting Christmas with a massive sale – 30% Off all Christmas stock. And a free glass of the mulled stuff to get your evening started. Hannah Souch provides the live music, plus, you can scoff a homemade mince pies and other festive treats from their excellent Wild Thyme Deli & Kitchen. FREE.

Have we missed a good ‘un? Let us know in the comments below.

5 comments on “Festive fairs and Christmas markets 2021”

  • Bridget Arnold November 12, 2021

    Devon Artist Network Craft Market in the Beachcomber Teignmouth run by Devon Artist Network 20-26 November 10-4 http://www.devonopenstudios.co.uk

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  • Bridget Arnold November 12, 2021

    Craft Market in the Beachcomber Teignmouth run by Devon Artist Network 20-26 November 10-4 http://www.devonopenstudios.co.uk

    Reply
  • Meryl November 12, 2021

    Dawlish Christmas lights and fair Nov 27th

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  • Julie November 5, 2021

    You missed the fab late night shopping evening in twinkly Sidmouth Friday Dec 3 , free mulled wine and nibbles , entertainment and stalls in the Parish church inc hand crafted silver jewellery and stocking fillers, fab shops, roving carollers and lots more x

    Reply
    • lisabuckland November 5, 2021

      Ooh we liiiike twinkly Sidmouth – thanks for the heads up xx

      Reply

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